Our Story

Royal Docks is located in Canton, Ohio. We are a brewery and taproom that fuses the craft beer renaissance with British pub culture in a contemporary, American style.

We, the folks behind Royal Docks, are Canton natives that were lucky to call Britain home for a couple of years. Although our time there was brief, it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with the pub – a decidedly British concept that we are excited to bring back and share with you.

Fusing the craft beer renaissance with British pub culture.

The pub is a vital part of a community’s social fabric. It’s a place where the welcome is a little warmer, the room is a little cozier, the barkeep is a little friendlier and the crowd is somehow a wee bit more familiar – even if it’s your first time there.

That’s what Royal Docks hopes to achieve. We don’t aspire to be a national chain or a regional 6-pack phenomenon. We’re not trying to be a hidden treasure or cater exclusively to eccentric tastes. We’re just jazzed about making good beer, fostering a comfortable environment and sharing it with our friends and neighbors.

If that sounds like your kind of scene, then stop in for a beer and maybe a bite to eat as we build a community hub right here in Canton, Ohio.

With your help we’ve made our dream a reality and are excited to share the progress with you. We thank you for the ongoing support as we continue to build and provide you with award winning brews!


About the name

As with much of this story, our name is unique because we lived it. While living in the United Kingdom, we spent over a year in the Docklands area of London. This area, located in East London is unique and rich in history. Situated along the Thames river, it was originally the Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock. Its commercial success was very important to the city during the first half of the 20th century.

The Royal Docks suffered severe damage during WWII from the German bombing raids during The London Blitz. Recovery after the war was slow and never returned to its glory days. The areas closure led to high levels of unemployment and social deprivation.

The area has been going through redevelopment since the early 1980s with improved local transport, new residential buildings and commercial developments. With London City Airport connecting London to the rest of Europe and Crossrail project near completion, the Royal Docks area is one that will continue to evolve.

With a history of progression, hard work and strong local tradition the name Royal Docks brings a lot of meaning to our story. While living in the area, we were able to get a glimpse of history and felt it was only fitting that the name live on.

It was on the bank of Western Gateway Rd. along the main dock that the name came about… Grab a pint of 67 Alaska, DLR or perhaps SE16 and be sure to ask us about the names!